Our library service is about so much more than buildings and books. Libraries provide an opportunity for communities to come together and are often the one place that one can go to spend time without it costing any money. For many people in Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, the easiest library to access is Sanderstead Library on the bottom of Sanderstead Hill. However, with the dreadful financial mess that the Labour Council has got itself into, it looks increasingly likely that around five libraries may close and Sanderstead will be a top target.
I expect that residents will be told that Sanderstead does not need to be open because Selsdon Library is only 1.3 miles away. I expect whoever thinks that that mitigates the loss of Sanderstead Library is an able-bodied person who has never had to push a pram up Sanderstead Hill, or even worse, push the pram and persuade a toddler to 'keep up' for 1.3 miles!
The Council is conducting a consultation including a live event this evening. This will be an hour long session which includes a short presentation followed by Q&As with a focus on Sanderstead Library.
All attendees are welcome to submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 020 7884 5159. It is unclear whether this means that live questions will not be allowed so if you have a pressing questions do submit it in advance. This session will be recorded and available to access after the event.
Online tickets for the event can be found here: Libraries Consultation - Sanderstead Library Tickets, Wed 24 Feb 2021 at 18:45 | Eventbrite